CCHD's quarterly newsletter, Helping People Help Themselves, features a message from the Director, Ralph McCloud, and offers inspiring examples of the good work CCHD funds. 

ARISE Adelante empowers women, youth,
and children in immigrant colonias

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2020

In the lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, Hidalgo County is one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. Hardscrabble cities and towns dot the landscape, and thousands of people live in colonias, informal communities on unincorporated land outside city limits.

Typically, the colonias have limited infrastructure such as electricity, septic or sewer systems, and paved roads, and their residents live well below 
federal poverty levels.

Read more about ARISE Adelante in the  newsletter .

 
PREPARES gives families what social service cannot

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2020

In 2014 the four Catholic bishops of
Washington state turned this “audacious
idea” into a statewide program that has
now recruited and trained 491 volunteers
and served more than 16,400 pregnant
moms and their families.

Read more about PREPARES in the  newsletter .

 
Social Action Leaders for the Future

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2019

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) intern program celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019. It provides young low-income and middle-income Catholics who are emerging leaders with an opportunity to serve CCHD-funded social ministry and action programs directly, to learn the social teachings of the Church, and to develop valuable leadership skills.

Read more about the CCHD intern program in the newsletter.

 

Defending the Rights of Workers

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2019

The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of defending the rights of workers. In 1891, Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum, his groundbreaking encyclical on the rights and duties of capital and labor—the foundational text of modern Catholic social teaching. Rerum Novarum describes the relationships and mutual responsibilities between employers and employees and supports laborers’ right to form unions.

Read more about the Catholic Labor Network in the newsletter.

 

Once It's Gone, It's Gone

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2019

“Coal is both a very complicated and a very uncomplicated subject. It has been a driver and a buster of the economy in Appalachia for more than a century,” Ann League says. She is the executive director of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), a Tennessee organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action on environmental, economic, educational, and justice issues.

Read more about Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment in the newsletter.

 

Recognizing the Stranger

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2019

Joe Rubio is a senior organizer of the west/southwest region of the Industrial Areas Foundation and a leader of the Interfaith Education Fund (IEF). With a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the IEF piloted a program in fall of 2016 called Recognizing the Stranger, a multiyear regional approach to the immigration issue, in seven southwestern dioceses.
 

Read more about the Recognizing the Stranger program in the newsletter.

 

Past issues of Helping People Help Themselves
 

Migrants on the Southern Border
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2018

Taking Milwaukee's North Side from Grim to Grateful
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2018

Hope for Excluded and Overlooked Workers in New Orleans
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2018

A Voice for the Vulnerable
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2018

Working for Justice in Baltimore
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2017

Opportunity Threads and Industrial Commons
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2017

Our Border Family: Hope at the Border
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2017

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2017

Building Transformative Relationships, Advancing Restorative Justice
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2016

Dignity, Stability, Home
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2016

Tackling Wage Theft, Building Just Communities
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2016

Thirty Years of Courageous Organizing
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2016

Voices Unite to Reform the Justice System
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2015

Empowering Others as Entrepreneurs
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2015

Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2015

Baltimore's Local CCHD Committee
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2015

Neighborhood Foods
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2014

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2014

Fe Y Justicia Worker Center
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2014

Camden Student Leaders
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2014

Taxi Workers' Alliance of Pennsylvania
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2013

Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2013

 

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